2019nCoV Novel CoronavirusSituation

Recently, a new coronavirus was detected in China that has not been previously found in humans. This new (novel) coronavirus has now been named COVID-19 (previously called 2019-nCoV). There are thousands of confirmed cases in China and additional cases being identified in a growing number of countries internationally, including the United States.

Individuals who are experiencing symptoms and may have traveled to areas of concern, or have been in contact with somebody who has traveled to these areas, should call ahead to their health care provider before seeking treatment in person.

COVID-19 is a new virus and shouldn’t be confused with other coronaviruses that have been around for many years causing upper respiratory symptoms, like the common cold. At this time, if a routine test ordered by your health care provider and done at a local hospital or lab, is positive for coronavirus, that means that you have one of the common coronaviruses. 

At this time, the only way to test for this new coronavirus is through specialized testing not available through local labs. If you are unsure which kind of virus you are being tested for or what the result means, be sure to ask your health care provider. 

As this situation may change, please regularly check the NYSDOH’s Novel Coronavirus webpage and the CDC’s Novel Coronavirus webpage for updates.

For Those Who Have Recently Traveled to China

If you recently traveled to China and feel sick with fever, cough or trouble breathing, you should:

  • Seek medical care right away. Call ahead and tell them about your travel and symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with others. Stay home, except for seeking medical care.
  • Avoid further travel until the illness resolves.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

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